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Suzuki Swift hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

Great fuel economy and low emissions make the Suzuki Swift affordable to run

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Low running costs have always been core to the Suzuki Swift’s appeal – one factor that has made it a popular driving-school car. The latest version promises to deliver the same virtues, with reduced weight and updated engines helping to improve fuel-efficiency.

Suzuki Swift MPG & CO2

There have been just two petrol engines to choose from, the most efficient of which is the 89bhp 1.2-litre Dualjet mild hybrid. Suzuki claims up to 56.4mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 113g/km for this engine. If you’re a company-car user, this means an attractive Benefit-in-Kind rating that should reduce monthly outgoings.

While not currently available, the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine has more power, but is slightly less efficient. It returns 51.8mpg while emitting 124g/km of CO2.

Suzuki's SHVS ‘mild-hybrid’ system cleverly harnesses energy during braking to charge a lithium-ion battery under the passenger seat, reducing load on the electrical system during acceleration.

Every version of the Suzuki Swift costs £150 a year in annual VED tax and should prove affordable to maintain.

Insurance

The latest Swift’s insurance groups are slightly higher than you may expect, sitting in the 20-30 range out of 50. This can make the Swift more expensive to insure than rivals like the Skoda Fabia, so it's worth getting some quotes before making your final decision.

Servicing

Suzuki recommends that its cars are serviced at least yearly or every 12,500 miles, whichever occurs first. Service plans are available to help spread the cost of routine maintenance; your Suzuki dealer will be happy to outline the best plan for you.

Warranty

Every new Suzuki car sold in the UK is backed by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is far from the most generous on the market. Although the company isn’t beaten by many of the European brands, Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited-mileage policy is markedly better, as is the seven-year/100,000-mile package that Kia offers.

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